Selectmen take issue with Salem water pipe study
On Monday night, selectmen heard from a consultant about a proposed $30,000 that would be utilized to measure the deterioration of a portion of water pipes in town.
Christopher Silke of Wright and Pierce said there is new technology that would allow for the gathering of information on pipe conditions in a non-invasive and non-intrusive manner.
“In many instances, the degradation of the pipe itself is much less pronounced than originally believed,” said Silke. In some cases, communities have spent more money than they needed to replace pipes that could have been rehabilitated at a lower cost.
Selectman Stephen Campbell said if he were to support a study using the new technology, he would at the very least need more details about the criteria set up for what areas and section of pipe would be tested.
Selectman Michael Lyons said the board was under the impression that the study would cover the entire system and not a percentage.
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